Research & Development

Research and development

The National College has identified a number of ways in which Teaching Alliances can engage in, and promote, research and development.

  • Undertaking research and development projects locally to identify and/or help tackle key school improvement priorities
  • Participation in the national research and development themes projects

A key principle of any in-school research undertaken by the North Somerset Teaching Alliance is that there must be discernible benefits for students. The purpose of educational research is to develop theoretical knowledge, transform practice and provide evidence of “what works”. By referring to current educational research and by engaging in structured reflective practice teachers in the North Somerset Teaching Alliance can make informed decisions about the merits or otherwise of particular aspects of their approach to teaching and learning, both in their own school and more widely.

The NSTA aims to support research and development so that:

  • It is sustainable and strategic
  • It improves teaching and learning
  • It improves outcomes for learners
  • It has a positive impact on education

If you have any queries or are interested in getting involved in educational research, please use the ‘contact us’ page.

Current projects

Action Research – Identifying Effective Teaching – Conor McGloin Backwell School

Summary: The action research will focus on implementing and improving the methods by which we identify effective teaching at the school. It will also aim to draw conclusions about how we can use this process of identification to improve teaching across the school. I aim to examine two methods: lesson observations; student perception surveys.